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A quick turnaround of a failing school? Norfolking way

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“I don’t have the highest regard for most teachers.”

It’s not a phrase you’d expect to hear coming out of the mouth of most headteachers. But then again, Barry Smith is not most headteachers.

The controversial leader of the Great Yarmouth Charter Academy has garnered a number of headlines during his time at the Norfolk secondary. Among them were a ban on so-called “Meet me at McDonald’s” haircuts, and a memo warning that kids should not be allowed out of lessons if they felt unwell, but instead be handed a sick bucket.

“I’m going to nag about shoes and haircuts,” he explains about the ...

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